A Printable List of Edible Flowers
Edible flowers are one of the cookÂ's little secrets.
Oh to be sure you know about pansies but do you know about the rest of
these little gems?
Flowers are variable in nutrition with some containing high vitamin and
mineral counts (particularly if they have high nectar and pollen
counts) For example, rose hips are particularly high in Vit C as are
marigolds and nasturtiums. Dandelions are high in C and A (another
reason to pick them rather than kill them.)
And the best news is that flowers are calorie and carbohydrate free!
The one thing you might want to be careful about is eating the pollen.
In some folks with serious allergies, eating pollen may bring on an
Simply cut off the anthers and pistil (the tiny hairs in the middle of
the flower) to remove the pollen. The sepal and calyx (the non-petal
parts) can also be removed except in flowers such as pansies that don't
have much of a non-flower part to begin with (unless pollinated)
Harvest edible flowers when the flowers are fully open in the early
morning before heat has a chance to stress the tender petals. Hopefully
time it after the dew has evaporated but before the heat of the day
begins. Sample the flowers while harvesting as there is a high
variability in taste between plants in different locations and growing
conditions. You want to ensure you're feeding your guests good tasting
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